Take a good look at the outside of your house – from across the street, from the sidewalk or street, from the driveway, from the porch or entry. Make a list of what needs to be done and prioritize it for safety, aesthetics, and budget.
Here’s a list of questions to get you started.
- Can you see the house? Do shrubs or trees or vines need to be trimmed?
- Do fences need to be repaired or painted? (or removed? or added?)
- Is the paint or siding or brick or stucco in good shape, or does it need touching up or repair?
- Are there plants that need to be removed? (or replaced?)
- Are the planting beds weeded? Do they need a “refill” of mulch or stones?
- Are the potted plants watered?
- Are the steps in good repair? Are there adequate railings?
- Is the front door and entry clean and welcoming?
- Does the doorbell work?
- Is the mailbox visible?
- Are all the lights functional?
- Is the house number easy to see from the street, day and night?